The French study Cadre de vie et sécurité 1) has included a questionnaire module about transport to facilitate an analysis of the locomotion habits of those interviewed and how safe they feel on collective public transport.2)
The questionnaire includes the following question: Do you feel safe when using collective public transport? And offers five reply options: “always”, “most of the time”, “sometimes”, “never” and “don’t know”.
The five-year objective of the study involved interviewing 82,209 people, of which 52,204 were users of collective public transport. Over 50% of users feel safe when using collective public transport, 29% feel safe most of the time and 16.3% rarely feel safe.3)
|Users’ perception of safety when using public transport||Number of people interviewed||Estimate of the number of people in the population||Proportion|
|Users of collective transport||52.204||32.372.000||100|
|Always feel safe||28.938||17.621.000||54,4|
|Feel safe most of the time||14.640||9.390.000||29|
|Sometimes feel safe||5.737||3.565.000||11|
|Never feel safe||2.773||1.727.000||5,3|
|Don’t / Don’t replay||116||69.000||0,2|
In accordance with sex, of the 52,204 users of public transport, 21,764 were men (46.4%) and 30,440 were women (53.6%). Concerning feelings of safety in terms of gender when using public transport, a bigger proportion of men feel safe, whereas a larger proportion of women feel safe most of the time or only sometimes.
|Always feel safe||61,3||48,5|
|Feel safe most of the time||26||31,5|
|Rarely feel safe||12,5||19,7|
|Don’t / Don’t reply||0,2||0,2|
In terms of age range, the feeling of safety on collective public transport was higher according to age, such as those from 46 to 65 and over 66.
|14-25||26-45||46-65||66 and over|
|Always feel safe||52,4||49,5||55,3||64,8|
|Feel safe most of the time||32,8||32,4||26,7||21,4|
|Rarely feel safe||14,7||18||17,6||12,7|
Concerning the frequency of use of collective public transport, 21.6% were daily users, 11.1% used it two or three times a week, 13.3% two or three times a month and 53.9% less often or did not reply. Whatever the frequency of use of collective public transport, at least 100 % of users always felt safe, and those who felt safe most of the time amounted to around or over 30%, and those who rarely felt safe amounted to roughly 15%. Therefore, there seems to be no correlation between the user’s feeling of safety and how often he / she uses collective transport.
2) The means of transport are considered: bus, school bus, tram, metro and train types.
3) This category includes: those who sometimes feel safe and never feel safe.